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E-M:/ Wednesday Ozone Action Day Alert, West Michigan; Ontario Declares Smog Alert



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MDEQ Air Pollution Forecast Discussion for Ozone and PM 2.5

USG is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Ozone Action Day in West Michigan for Wednesday

URLs for more information:

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aqi/
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aqi/O3.asp
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aqi/PM.asp

http://cfpub.epa.gov/airnow/index.cfm?action=airnow.currentconditions&RegionID=4
http://cfpub.epa.gov/airnow/index.cfm?action=airnow.main

MDEQ Air Quality Division forecast workproduct follows....

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 through Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 

OZONE: maximum statewide 8-hr concentrations are forecasted to be in the USG range 
PM-2.5: maximum statewide 24-hr concentrations are forecasted to be in the Moderate range. 

Forecast Discussion:

Hot, summer like conditions will continue thru this week. Temperatures will be in the upper 80's to around 90 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday with only slight chances of rain on Tuesday. Winds, from the west-southwest on Tuesday, will become more southwest on Wednesday. Speeds will be rather light between 5 and 10 mph on both days. The main players in the forecast will be a weak high pressure ridge attempting to build itself, as well as a stationary frontal boundary cutting across the state. This boundary will be the focal point of any shower or thunderstorm activity that develops over the next 24 to 36 hours. Chances remain only slight due to a lack of deep moisture. While the surface is rather muggy, conditions aloft are still somewhat dry. In addition, the main cold frontal boundary remains well west of the area. Any upper level disturbances that do manage to pass over the area should help assist in the formation of some precipitation. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Some areas of cloud cover to our west could advect into the area today as well as tomorrow. There should still be periods of ample sunlight though.

Ozone concentrations were primarily in the Good category yesterday, but will be on the rise across the state both today and tomorrow. Expect widespread Moderate today, especially on the west side of the state, where winds will be more favorable for the development of ozone. Some isolated areas, especially near the Lake Michigan shoreline communities, could experience isolated Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) levels today. USG levels should be even more prevalent tomorrow, and an Ozone Action Day has been declared for tomorrow for counties bordering and/or near the shoreline. For the rest of the state Moderate to isolated USG levels should prevail. 

PM concentrations will be Moderate at most locations throughout the period. 

Extended Forecast:

Given uncertainties in the timing of several features, this forecast will be updated so that the latest data can be made in issuing forecasts for the following days. Expect a summer like pattern though, with warm temperatures (highs in the 80's to near 90) and a chance for late afternoon thunderstorms on Tuesday and continuing thru much of the work week. 

Forecast updated by Neal Conatser: Tuesday, June, 7th, 2005
Next forecast update: Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

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OZONE ACTION DAY MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 12:15 PM EDT TUE JUN 7 2005 ...OZONE ACTION DAY IN EFFECT ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 2005... ...THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN OZONE ACTION DAY...IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TO WEDNESDAY LATE EVENING. THIS DECLARATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... NEAR CENTRAL LAKE MICHIGAN: ALLEGAN...MUSKEGON...OTTAWA. NEAR SOUTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN: BERRIEN...CASS...VAN BUREN. SOME CITIES COVERED BY THE DECLARATION INCLUDE CASSOPOLIS...GRAND HAVEN...HOLLAND...MUSKEGON...SOUTH HAVEN...ST. JOSEPH... AN OZONE ACTION DAY IS DECLARED WHEN LEVELS OF OZONE ARE REPORTED AS BEING ELEVATED IN CONCENTRATION, OR ARE EXPECTED TO BE ELEVATED IN CONCENTRATION, FOR PERIODS LONG ENOUGH TO ADVERSELY AFFECT AT LEAST THE MOST SENSITIVE GROUPS OF THE POPULATION... PLEASE VISIT THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY?S WEBPAGE (www.deq.state.mi.us/aqi), THE US EPA?S WEBPAGE (www.epa.gov/airnow) AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES. FORECASTER: CONATSER


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Ontario Declares Smog Alert in the Transboundary Region 
of Windsor and Sarnia and adjacent areas for today.

Content from Ontario Ministry of the Environment follows:

From: <admin@airqualityontario.com>
To: <ajs@sagady.com>
Message-ID: <03329847.604060101836@smtp2-server84.ilap.com>
Subject: ** Smog Advisory **
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 14:29:06 -0400
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Please do not reply to this e-mail. For general inquiries 
about smog alerts, or if you are experiencing technical 
difficulties, e-mail: officeaq@ene.gov.on.ca. 
For media inquiries call the media line at (416) 314-6666.
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A SMOG ADVISORY* has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the
Environment for the following forecast regions:

For: Tuesday June 7, 2005

Elgin 
London - Middlesex 
Sarnia - Lambton 
Windsor - Essex - Chatham - Kent  
Advisories will remain in effect until further notice.

For more details visit the Air Quality Ontario website at: 
www.airqualityontario.com
                
During the smog episode, individuals may experience eye 
irritation. Heavy outdoor exercise may cause respiratory 
symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. People 
with heart or lung disease including asthma may experience 
a worsening of their condition.

* A Smog Advisory means that there is a strong likelihood 
that there may be poor air quality within the next 24 hours 
due to fine particulate matter.

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Spare the Air Actions
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During a smog advisory, there are a number of actions that you can 
take to help spare the air.

Travel tips - all year round:
 - leave your car at home - walk, cycle, carpool or take public transit
 - tele-conference instead of driving to meetings
 - limit car trips by doing all your errands at once, and do 
   not let your engine idle
 - keep your car well tuned, check your tire pressure and 
   drive at moderate speeds

Health tips:
 - avoid exposure to vehicle exhaust fumes 
 - consult your doctor for specific health advice

Electricity saving tips:
 -  save electricity at home by turning off 
    lights you are not using

 
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